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    Sep

Takes a Cup of Kindness Yet: Chinese Export Silver Beakers

[caption id="attachment_2515724" align="alignright" width="249"] It is incredible to believe this piece is 1,250 years old. Classic silver techniques that are still used today have been employed and recognizable Chinese motifs appear, including the Mandarin duck.[/caption] 中國出口銀器: 我們一起真誠地舉杯 There are not many things the West and China had in common in the 18th and 19th centuries, but certainly one...

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    Sep

Estate Executors’ Headaches: Liquidating Tangible Personal Property

[caption id="attachment_2515715" align="aligncenter" width="560"] If you are going to host an on-site auction, the auctioneer will take care of the mundane things, such as advertising and having enough parking.[/caption] Pop quiz for executors: what estate settlement task will take up most of your time, cause you the most aggravation, and return the smallest amount of cash to the...

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    Sep

The Comic Speculator – New Comics Roundup 09/25/2013

[caption id="attachment_2515681" align="alignright" width="283"] Guardians of the Galaxy #6 (Paolo Rivera Variant Cover), 1:50 ($15-$20). Rivera doing vintage EC and it’s awesome.[/caption] The Comic Speculator is a blog written by WorthPoint Comic Book “Worthologist” Matt Baum that takes a look at each week’s hot new comics, back issues and the comic market place in general. Prices discussed here...

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  • 24
    Sep

It’s Time to Sell Your Sports Collection… Now What?

[caption id="attachment_2515651" align="alignleft" width="274"] Having your cards graded by a reputable, third-party service is essential when it comes time to sell your collection.[/caption] There are many reasons and numerous potential life-changing events that may provide the catalyst for selling your treasured sports memorabilia collection. Financial hardship, college tuition, home downsizing, the healthcare or death of a loved one...

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  • 24
    Sep

The Avengers: The Comic Book Juggernaut that Almost Wasn’t

[caption id="attachment_2515620" align="alignright" width="271"] Avengers #1 (September 1963) was actually a fill-in title developed because Daredevil #1 wouldn’t be ready in time. The 12-cent comic sold for a record $250,000 in 2011.[/caption] In the summer of 1963, Marvel Comics published a comic book that few at the time imagined would still be making waves in American pop culture...

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  • 24
    Sep

Collectible Sports Figures: They’re More than Just Bobbleheads

[caption id="attachment_2515603" align="aligncenter" width="251"] The Hartland Company is credited as the entity that really gave rise to collectible sports figures, with the original 1958 run including Eddie Mathews (pictured), Hank Aaron, Warren Spahn, Mickey Mantle and Babe Ruth.[/caption] There are many types of sports figures for collectors to pursue that have intrinsic value all of their own. However,...

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  • 24
    Sep

It’s all in the Marks: What Does ‘OEPIAG/EPIAG’ Mean?

[caption id="attachment_2515599" align="alignright" width="300"] . The name “OEPIAG” is an acronym for “Österreichische Porzellan Industrie AG,” which translates to Austrian Porcelain Industry. It was in use between 1918 and 1920.[/caption] Going through the e-mail from WorthPoint readers, we often receive questions about the markings on pottery and porcelain, particularly European pieces made between the First and Second World...

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  • 24
    Sep

Kid-Friendly ‘Disney Infinity’ Video Game is Only the Beginning as Extras Abound

[caption id="attachment_2515592" align="aligncenter" width="497"] The $75 Disney Infinity starter box. I’m so glad to see “The Incredibles” represented after years of near-obscurity.[/caption] If you’re the parents of Disney-inclined kids or if you’re Disney-inclined yourself, you’ve likely either heard of or already invested into the new Disney Infinity line of toy-driven video games. Released in Early August, Disney Infinity...

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    Sep

From Japan to the World: Battle of the Planets Collectibles

[caption id="attachment_2515639" align="alignleft" width="237"] A “Battle of the Planets” frame-tray puzzle, released by Whitman-Western Publishing in 1979 carries a collectors' value of about $10.[/caption] For many children growing up during the late 1970s and early 1980s, an animated TV series named “Battle of the Planets” had them running home from school so they wouldn't miss a single action-packed...

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    Sep

Postcard Time Machine: Remembering More Stars of TV and Film

Postcards of famous people have always been popular. In addition to historical figures, authors and kings and queens, postcards celebrate our favorite entertainers as well. These performers gave back to the world, broke barriers and created much of the foundation of today’s entertainment. Take a walk into the past through these postcards, and remember how much we enjoyed...

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